Seattle City Council

Wages And Housing
2:47 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Middle Income Group Overlooked In Seattle Affordable Housing Struggle

A Seattle high-rise apartment building.
Credit Flickr Photo/Andrew Smith (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien is looking for affordable housing solutions – for a population that may be overlooked.

Speaking with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds, O’Brien said that systems are in place for those making around 30 percent of the area median wage, but not for those between 60 to 100 percent of the median (for a single person that’s between $37,000 and $50,000 a year).

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Child Care
2:28 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Childcare Provider Debates Two Possible Preschool Laws

Patti Oliver Bailey oversees sandbox play on a summer afternoon.
Ann Dornfeld KUOW

Patti Oliver Bailey sat on a sunny wooden deck in Seattle’s Rainier Valley on a recent afternoon, surrounded by toddlers digging through a box of pink sand and bright toys.

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Rideshares
12:26 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Taxi Drivers Balk As Mayor OKs More Rideshares

Fentahun Amare and his son Amanuel, with the citation that started the trouble.
Credit Amy Radil

On June 16, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced that a stakeholders group had agreed to lift restrictions on the growth of rideshare companies. In exchange, companies like Lyft and Uber would meet the same safety and insurance requirements as taxi drivers.

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Tackling Violence
7:26 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Teary-Eyed Mayor Murray Declares 'Summer Of Safety'

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said comforting families of shooting victims has been one of the toughest parts of his job.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

In the wake of recent gun violence, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the city faces a crisis of confidence in public safety.

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Universal Preschool
1:36 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Seattle City Council Sends Two Early Childhood Initiatives To Voters

The Seattle City Council has floated two pieces of legislation for universal preschool.
Credit Flickr Photo/a.pasquier

The Seattle City Council voted on Monday to send two competing early childhood education initiatives to voters this fall. One initiative was proposed by council President Tim Burgess and Mayor Ed Murray, and the other by a union that represents child care workers.

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Car Services
8:58 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Mayor Murray Announces New Rideshare Compromise

Rideshare company Lyft drivers are distinguished by their iconic pink mustache.
Flickr Photo/urbanists (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced a new way forward for car services.

Murray said a new agreement has been reached that does not cap the number of people who drive for Uber X, Lyft and other similar rideshare companies.

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City Hall
4:49 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

15 Now Could Not Have Floated A Charter Amendment This Year

Organizers for 15 Now, a campaign to change the city charter to include a $15 hourly wage.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Marcie Sillman speaks to KUOW's Deborah Wang about the story behind the $15/hour wage law.

Last week, Seattle became the first city in the nation to establish a $15 minimum wage for all workers. The framework was established by a panel of business, labor and community leaders, which the City Council passed in record time.

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The Peerless City
10:14 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Seattle City Song Unearthed: ‘Her Bosom’s Gemm’d With Pearly Lakes’

The Alaska Yukon Pacific Expedition on the University of Washington campus in 1909. This was the same year that the lyrics to Seattle's official song were approved.

In researching the Seattle City Charter, KUOW reporter Deborah Wang found the lyrics of the Seattle city song.

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Week In Review
12:18 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

SPU Shooting, Minimum Wage Passes, And Amazon Controversy Grows

Otto Miller Hall on the Seattle Pacific University Seattle campus, where a shooting took place Thursday afternoon.
Credit Courtesy Jillian Smith

A shooting on the campus of Seattle Pacific University on Thursday left one person dead and two others seriously injured. Seattle made history this week as the first city in the country to establish a $15 minimum wage for all workers. And the controversy surrounding Amazon's business practices continued to attract national media attention.

Steve Scher recaps those stories and more news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, The Stranger's Eli Sanders, news analyst Joni Balter and Live Wire's Luke Burbank.

Week In Review Extra

President Obama this week announced new rules that would lead to a reduction in carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. He proposed new Environmental Protection Agency rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030. Is America up to the challenge?

Police Chief Confirmation
10:43 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Kathleen O'Toole: Police Recruit 'The Wrong Type Of People'

Kathleen O'Toole chats with Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess before sitting down to talk with the Public Safety Committee.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Seattle Police Chief nominee Kathleen O’Toole met with the City Council Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. It was one of several question and answer sessions O’Toole will attend as part of her confirmation process.

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Mayor Murray Signs Bill
2:52 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Seattle Passes Highest Minimum Wage, Now What?

Linda Jansen and Doug Nielson rallying for $15 minimum wage outside City Hall on Monday. The Seattle City Council voted to pass the minimum wage bill unanimously.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

David Hyde gets the scoop from KUOW's Deborah Wang about what happened at the city council meeting Monday night when a historical $15 minimum wage was unanimously passed.

Then, Marcie Sillman speaks with Steve Caldiera, president and CEO of the International Franchise Association, about his plans to sue Seattle to overturn the minimum wage ordinance.

Last, David Hyde talks with the advocacy group 15 Now about whether they will move forward with their own ballot measure to raise the city's minimum wage faster.

Mayor's Proposal Passes
10:04 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Seattle City Council Approves $15 Minimum Wage

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant meets with reporters after the vote to phase-in a $15 minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

In a unanimous vote, to a standing ovation, the Seattle City Council approved a bill to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The crowd cheered “We made 15 possible!” after the reading of the vote tally in a meeting marked with passionate pleas for its passage from the public as well as council members.

Failed Amendments

The packed crowd of vocal proponents for the passage of the bill, many of whom gave their personal stories during the section of public comment, booed the failure of four amendments to the City Council’s plan.

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Council Approves Plan
3:26 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

City Will Have To Help With $15 Minimum Wage, Says One Nonprofit

Downtown Emergency Services Center Executive Director Bill Hobson.
Credit From DESC's Facebook page.

David Hyde talks with Bill Hobson, executive director of Downtown Emergency Service Center, about how his organization would implement the $15 minimum wage and why he's advocating that the city help.

Week In Review
2:30 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Seattle Police File A Lawsuit, City Council Agrees On $15, And Ramtha The Racist

US Attorney Jenny Durkan said "I suspect that many of the people who signed it haven’t even read the use of force policy," in response to the Seattle Police Officers who filed a lawsuit against the reform policies.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Over a hundred members of the Seattle Police Department have filed a lawsuit against the federally-mandated reforms SPD has adopted. The Seattle City Council has come to an agreement on the minimum wage proposal.

Steve Scher recaps those stories and more news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, The Stranger's Eli Sanders, news analyst Joni Balter and LiveWire host Luke Burbank.

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Seattle City Council
2:29 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

One Minimum Wage Committee Member Says Process And Proposal Is A 'Charade'

Community members attend a public hearing about raising the minimum wage in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Steve Scher talks with David Meinert, Seattle nightlife entrepreneur and restaurantuer about his experience on the mayor's income inequality advisory committee. Marcie Sillman gets more on the story with Q13 Political Analyst C.R. Douglas.

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